Robinhood, Gamestop highlight problems with ‘free’ private jet finder services

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Websites that offer “free” analysis and recommendations of which private jet providers you should use need to make money somewhere. “Free” platforms like Robinhood that make the user the product may be expensive at the end of the day

What does finding the right private jet solution have to do with Robinhood, Gamestop, or for that matter, platforms like Facebook or A Place For Mom? Surprising a lot, and it’s proof free can be costly.

A look at new Jet Card providers from 2020

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These companies launched jet cards and private jet memberships during 2020

Recently, Sentient Jet CEO Andrew Collins told Bloomberg that private jet cards and membership were having a “moment.” Judging by the number of new entrants, the trend is not going unnoticed.

Cheap private jet flights: 11 big mistakes private flight buyers make

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Don’t believe articles that technology is lowering private jet prices. Promises of cheap private jet travel are often based on misleading press releases and a lack of knowledge

Promises of cheap private jet flights invoking Uber analogies and claiming technology breakthroughs that lower charter costs are common themes of uninformed coverage. The articles are wrong. Apps don’t impact how much you will pay. In fact, most online pricing tools for private jets don’t even give you hard quotes. They are simply tools to capture your contact information so sales reps can follow-up.

Much of the charter rates you see online are estimates. And for every slick app, you’ll find if you aren’t familiar with the industry’s ins and outs, it’s easy to make big mistakes when buying private flights. With COVID-19 causing more consumers to shop for private aviation options, if you are serious, buyer beware.

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